Architect Kurokawa dies

Kyodo News

Internationally known architect Kisho Kurokawa, who ran unsuccessfully in the Tokyo gubernatorial election and the Upper House election earlier this year, died Friday of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital, an associate said. He was 73.

Kurokawa’s best-known architectural works include the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the New Wing of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the National Art Center in Tokyo.

A native of Nagoya, Kurokawa won various international awards, including the Gold Medal from the Academy of Architecture of France and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum International Architecture Award.

He was also recognized in 2006 by the Japanese government as a person of cultural merit.

During the Tokyo gubernatorial election, Kurokawa advocated a review of urban planning that featured the relocation of some central government functions outside Tokyo. He also called for realizing greater harmony between culture and the economy.

After graduating from Kyoto University, Kurokawa studied architecture at the University of Tokyo graduate school under the late Kenzo Tange. Kurokawa is survived by his wife, actress Ayako Wakao.